As we prepare to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on our nation, many of you may want to mark it in a special way. Thankfully, the members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227, Duryea American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 and Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will host an event that not only honors the lives lost that day but also closes out the summer season.

This event will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the VFW, 529 Stephenson St. Following the ceremony, the annual end-of-summer picnic will take place with an outdoor concert by The Sperazza Band until 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be sold. The public is welcome to attend.

Collections schedule

Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of Sept. 5 is as follows: garbage, Tuesday, Sept. 7, and Wednesday, Sept. 8. Recyclables and yard waste will not be collected this week.

For information, call 570-655-1299.

VFW horseshoe league

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will begin its fall horseshoe league Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. The registration sheet is available at the post.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Phoenix

Phoenix Performing Arts Center will present “Beauty and the Beast” at the theater, 409 Main St. The show dates and times are 7 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 17 and 24, and Saturdays, Sept. 18 and 25, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 19 and 26.

Tickets are $10 and $5 for children age 5 and younger. Tickets must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at 570-991-1817 and make a reservation by leaving your name, phone number, the number of guests in your party, which show date you plan to attend and if handicap seating is needed. Callbacks are not necessary. Next, pay for your tickets via Venmo at Phoenixpac, Cashapp at $LenoreLaChette or PayPal at If using PayPal, please submit payment through friends and family. If you cannot, please add $1 to every ticket purchase to cover the fees. Also, please make the theater aware if your name is different than on your payment option to match up payment with reservation. Checks made payable to Phoenix PAC or cash payments also can be placed through the mail slot at the theater.

For the safety of the theater staff and the children, all guests will have their temperature checked at the entrance of the theater on the show date and will need to wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status. Hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the theater and the theater will be sanitized between each show.

Brick U.M Church chicken dinner

Brick United Methodist Church will host a drive-thru chicken dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the church, 935 Foote Ave. The meal includes chicken, baked beans, potato salad, roll and dessert. Tickets are $12. Please contact Debbie Parente at 570-878-8020 by Monday, Sept. 20, to reserve tickets.

Germania wine fest

Germania Hose Company will host its fifth annual wine fest from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, on the hose company grounds, 430 Foote Ave. The public is invited to stop by to sample local wineries, breweries, craft vendors, food trucks and live entertainment.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Designated drivers will be admitted for $5. All those attending must be 21 or older. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any hose company member.

CEO food distribution

Duryea Borough’s CEO food distribution takes place the second Monday of each month at Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. Set up is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Food distribution is from 2 to 3 p.m. Volunteers are welcome.

Tax payments

Martin Hanczyc, Duryea Borough tax collector, announces the Pittston Area School District tax payment is due. Residents may pay their taxes from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

Residents also can mail or hand deliver their taxes to 79 Main St., Duryea, PA 18642. Anyone who needs a receipt should enclose the complete bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope with their payment.

Please call Hanczyc at 570-457-2482 with any questions.


Happy birthday to Pauline Reedy and Wendy Radle, who will celebrate their special day Thursday, Sept. 9.

We also wish a blessed Rosh Hashanah to all of our friends of the Jewish faith.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea every week. To list an item, email or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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